Rice Enzyme Powder | How To Use

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Classic Rice Enzyme Powder - for Normal + Combination Skin

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Why it's different:
Exfoliates without harsh abrasives for effortless baby-soft skin. Formulated with crushed pearl to even skin tone.

Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder - for Dry Skin

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Why it's different:
Exfoliates without harsh abrasives for effortless baby-soft skin. Formulated with licorice root extract to help nourish skin and prevent dryness.

Soothing Rice Enzyme Powder - for Sensitive Skin

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Why it's different:
Exfoliates without harsh abrasives for effortless baby-soft skin. Formulated with indigo extract and colloidal oatmeal to soothe even the most easily irritated skin.

Deep Rice Enzyme Powder - for Oily Skin

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Why it's different:
Exfoliates without harsh abrasives for effortless baby-soft skin. Formulated with dokudami extract, a natural anti-bacterial that helps fight breakouts.

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When brewing their fabled drink, sake masters, or Toji, constantly immerse their hands in rice bran, only to have them emerge fresh, pure, cherubic. Geisha noticed this phenomenon and rely on rice bran even today to polish their skin to a luster.

The secret? Japanese Rice Bran (Komenuka), prized for its skin soothing and smoothing enzymes and gamma oryzonal, a potent anti-oxidant against UV-induced oxidative damage.

This same Komenuka is at the heart of all TATCHA POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powders. 

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How do I use this product?
Begin with very wet hands. Dispense about a half-teaspoon and rub to create a creamy paste. Massage onto face for up to 1 minute avoiding eye area. We recommend beginning with 10-15 seconds before working up to a minute. Rinse and revel in your soft, smooth skin.

What step in my skin care ritual is the Polishing Powder? 
Use of the polishing powder is the 2nd step in your TATCHA ritual. For best results, use after removing makeup with the Camellia Cleansing Oil, then followed with the Deep Brightening serum and a Tatcha moisturizer.

When should I use this product?
The enzyme powders are gentle enough for everyday use (or even twice daily use morning and night).

Can I use this as a cleanser?
Yes, if you are not wearing makeup or if you’ve already removed makeup, this product can act as a 2-in-1 cleanser, both cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin at the same time.

Why is it in powder form?
The formula is actually water-activated so it’s important to keep it in a dry form before use. Upon pouring the powder into wet hands and adding water, it turns into a creamy lather that can be massaged into the face with highly efficacious cleansing, exfoliating and conditioning results.  

Is it okay to exfoliate everyday?
Unlike conventional Western exfoliants, which are often too harsh and stripping for everyday use, TATCHA’s Rice Enzyme Powders are specifically formulated to be used everyday and won’t strip the skin. This is one of the key differences in the approach of traditional Japanese skincare and Western skincare regimens.

Which Rice Enzyme Powder should I use? Can I mix and match?
Generally, the Gentle version is best for people with more sensitive and/or drier skin, Classic for normal/combination skin and Deep for more active skin. However, your skin needs can be different each day and from morning to night and using different versions can be beneficial at different times for the same person.

What is HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex?
At the heart of all TATCHA skincare essentials is a proprietary anti-aging complex of Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran extracts.  Together, these time-tested extracts work to keep skin looking pure, polished, luminous and supple.

Can I use this with Clarisonic?
Use of the Enzyme Powder satisfies all of your skin’s exfoliation needs. You should not need to use any additional exfoliating tools or products with our Polishing Powders.

Does each powder contain the same active ingredients?
All three powders are formulated with our proprietary HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex . In addition, the Gentle powder contains licorice extract to help soothe sensitive skin, the Classic powder, formulated for combination skin, contains conditioning pearl extract, and the deep powder contains dokudami, an anti-acne, anti-inflammatory extract to help with active skin.

Can I use this product around my eyes?
We do not recommend using the Enzyme Powders around your eyes.

  • Perfect in every way

    I have been using Tatcha exclusively for about 4 months now and I won't ever purchase any other brand. I have extra oily skin, with dark spots & hyperpigmentation. The rice enzyme has helped me with all 3. I have noticeably less oil on my face (even in the heat of NYC) my pores have gotten smaller, dark spots are getting lighter & more even skin tone. I use the rice enzyme in the morning every other day & the cleansing oil with the silk cloth at night on the days I don't use the powder. This method works best for me without any breakouts or my natural oils kicking into over drive. Love love love!
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  • Beautiful

    I have only had this for two days and I can already see a difference. My face is smoother and much brighter. I have very sensitive skin and this in know way has dried out my skin or irritated it like so many products do. It's soft, easy to use and effective. I struggle with hormonal adult acne, and I didn't expect this product to help that aspect of my skin but has definitely helped with the redness and inflammation and unevenness caused by it. I received my package in a timely manner with a personal note inside! Will definitely be ordering again!
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  • classic rice enzyme powder

    This product was highly recommended by my friend. At first, I was hesitant to buy it because of the price but I ended up buying it because i saw a glow on her face after using the tatcha products. Now, I'm hooked with tatcha and will never use other products. I'm so in love with this and I will not stop recommending this awesome products. It made me feel like a new person again!!!
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